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Olympus PEN E-PL3 14-42mm 12.3 MP Interchangeable Lens Camera with CMOS Sensor and 3x Optical Zoom (Silver)

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  • 5 FPS Sequential Shooting
  • Advanced Continuous AF & Tracking
  • Full 1080 HD Video shoot up to 29 minutes of 1080 60i HD video and stereo sound in either AVCHD or AVI formats.
  • New 3D Shooting Add a new dimension to your photographs in any mode from macro to landscape with Olympus 3D technology
  • New Three-Inch Tilting Widescreen LCD
  • A Direct HD Movie Button switches you from still to movie mode with just the press of a button
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Technical Details

Color: Silver
  • Brand Name: Unknown
  • Model: E-PL3 SLV 14-42mm 2R SLV
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 13.1 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CMOS
  • Optical zoom: 3 x
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Product Details

Color: Silver
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 5.6 x 4.1 inches ; 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B005EZMAKE
  • Item model number: E-PL3 SLV 14-42mm 2R SLV
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,761 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 4, 2011

Product Description

Color: Silver

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VIEW THE WORLD FROM A DIFFERENT ANGLE.

You love preserving memories, but you’re ready for more creativity.
More control. More options for capturing unforgettable images. The E-PL3 inspires innovation and is perfect for those who require a versatile, portable camera filled with advanced yet easy-to-use creative technologies. Its high-resolution 3” articulating LCD features a new interface that makes it easy to access the effects you want from any angle.



PROFESSIONAL IMAGE QUALITY

12.3 MEGAPIXELS
The new 12.3 megapixel Live MOS sensor is optimized to maximize the performance of all m.Zuiko digital lenses in any shooting condition. Improvements to the sensitivity and read-out speed of the existing sensor makes ISO 12,800 shooting and Full HD movie recording possible.

STABILIZATION TECHNOLOGY IN THE BODY, NOT IN THE LENSES
Say goodbye to blurry images. Olympus’ in-body image stabilization technology makes it possible to use any Micro Four Thirds lenses (or Four Thirds lens), from wide-angle to telephoto, for perfectly clear, crisp photos no matter what the shooting situation, even in low light!

IMPROVED COLOR REPRODUCTION
The new TruePic VI Image Processor, designed specifically for the Olympus PEN, features Real Color Technology for improved color reproduction (especially colors such as emerald green, yellow, and gold) and color gradation. The faster processor also allows for a shorter recovery time between shots.

FACE DETECTION WITH EYE DETECT
Nail the focus for every portrait photo, every time. The new face detection AF employs an "Eye Detect AF" that adjusts focus automatically on the subject's eyes during portrait shooting and can even be adjusted to focus on the right, left or near-side eye. The Face Detection function captures up to eight faces, reducing the chance of blurred subjects when shooting several people at once.



BLAZING SPEED

WORLD’S FASTEST AUTO FOCUS*
The new FAST (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology) AF System is able to focus at an incredible speed and offers 35 separate focus points that are spread over nearly the entire sensor, which makes it possible for pin-point accurate focusing on small subjects wherever they appear in the frame. Selectable 3x3 groups within the 35-point area are especially effective when shooting active subjects.

5 FPS SEQUENTIAL SHOOTING
With the E-PL3 you can take up to five photos a second, allowing you to easily capture that perfect shot, especially when your subject is moving.

ADVANCED CONTINUOUS AF & TRACKING With the improved AF system, the AF Tracking function locks your subject into focus and continuously adjusts focus and brightness even if the subject disappears from view momentarily.

ADVANCED CONTINUOUS AF & TRACKING
High-precision engineering and an improved internal focusing mechanism have allowed the Olympus MSC (Movie+Still Compatible) lenses to auto focus quickly, smoothly and silently, perfect for stills and movies.



CREATIVE FREEDOM

FULL 1080 HD VIDEO
Shoot up to 29 minutes of 1080 60i HD video and stereo sound in either AVCHD or AVI formats. A Direct HD Movie Button switches you from still to movie mode with just the press of a button.

IN-CAMERA ADVANCED ART FILTERS
Six in-camera Art Filters (Pop Art, Soft Focus, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama and Dramatic Tone) are enhanced by new filter variations, art effects and bracketing. Photographers can use Art Filters in all shooting modes as well as filming HD movies.

NEW 3D SHOOTING
Add a new dimension to your photographs in any mode from macro to landscape with Olympus’ 3D technology. By simply selecting the 3D Photo Mode, releasing the shutter, and slowly panning, the camera will automatically take a second image from a slightly different perspective. The 3D data is processed in-camera resulting in an .MPO file, the universal industry 3D format, for easy display on 3D televisions or laptops.

IN-CAMERA SLIDESHOW WITH SOUND
Slideshows have never been easier or more fun to create. The E-PL3's enhanced playback functions allow you to employ effective fade-in/fade-out techniques, control the movie/still mix and speed, add captivating musical soundtracks, and much more.


EASE-OF-USE

NEW THREE-INCH TILTING WIDESCREEN LCD
This bright, 614k dot high-resolution screen features a newly-designed touch interface that gives you the ability to choose AF points, release the shutter, and navigate the camera’s menus with just the touch of your finger. With the AF (Anti-Fingerprint) coating, you don’t even need to worry about fingerprint smudges.



EXCELLENT SHOTS - EFFORTLESSLY
iAuto automatically identifies the scene you're shooting – portrait, landscape, night portrait, macro, or sport – and adjusts the settings to optimize results. The E-PL3 is also equipped with 23 Scene-Select modes for effortless picture taking, including Fireworks, Sunset, Children, Macro and Panorama, to name a few. There are even three scene modes that are specific to shooting with Olympus’ conversion lenses to optimize the performance of those lenses.

UPDATED SCREEN DESIGN & LIVE GUIDE
The E-PL3’s Live Guide system allows you to preview effects as you adjust them – before the image is even captured. Simply select Live Guide and turn the wheel on the back of the camera to slide through numerous photographic effects, such as brightness, color saturation, tone, etc.

Operating the camera is more intuitive with the newly designed user interface. The on-screen graphics have also been updated with a sleeker font design and an automatic pop-up guide in the menu screen.

GET WIRELESS
No need for cables or even a computer. Upload or email images directly from your camera with an optional PP-1 PENPAL® or Eye-Fi™ card. The E-PL3 is also capable of recording stills and video to SD, SDHC, SDXC and UHS-I media cards.



LOW LIGHT PERFORMANCE

AF ILLUMINATOR
The addition of this super luminosity LED beam allows the camera to focus faster in low light up to almost 10 feet.

INCREASED ISO SENSITIVITY
Stunning low light photos are a click away with an increased ISO sensitivity to 12,800.

ATTACHABLE FLASH INCLUDED
This camera provides the flexibility to attach a flash to your camera via the accessory port, or leave it at home for maximum portability

Product Description

VIEW THE WORLD FROM A DIFFERENT ANGLE. You love preserving memories, but you're ready for more creativity. More control. More options for capturing unforgettable images. The E-PL3 inspires innovation and is perfect for those who require a versatile, portable camera filled with advanced yet easy-to-use creative technologies. Its high-resolution 3 inches articulating LCD features a new interface that makes it easy to access the effects you want from any angle. Live Chat by Live Person,Professional Image Quality 12.3 MP.The new 12.3 MP Live MOS sensor is optimized to maximize the performance of all m.Zuiko digital lenses in any shooting condition. Improvements to the sensitivity and read-out speed of the existing sensor makes ISO 12,800 shooting and Full HD movie recording possible.STABILIZATION TECHNOLOGY IN THE BODY, NOT IN THE LENSES Say goodbye to blurry images. Olympus in-body image stabilization technology makes it possible to use any Micro Four Thirds lenses (or Four Thirds lens), from wide-angle to telephoto, for perfectly clear, crisp photos no matter what the shooting situation, even in low light! IMPROVED COLOR REPRODUCTION : The new TruePic VI Image Processor, designed specifically for the Olympus PEN, features Real Color Technology for improved color reproduction (especially colors such as emerald green, yellow, and gold) and color gradation. The faster processor also allows for a shorter recovery time between shots.FACE DETECTION WITH EYE DETECT Nail the focus for every portrait photo, every time. The new face detection AF employs an "Eye Detect AF" that adjusts focus automatically on the subject's eyes during portrait shooting and can even be adjusted to focus on the right, left or near-side eye. The Face Detection function captures up to eight faces, reducing the chance of blurred subjects when shooting several people at once.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Took this Camera to Italy! The pictures were wonderful! Read more ›
Crisp, focused foreground with the blurry background, etc. I got nice pictures of moving animals, which was a big positive for me. Now I'm just looking for a pancake lens… Read more ›
This camera can take excellent pictures. Clear, sharp, very high quality. Read more ›
However,this will almost double the price of the camera. Having said that, it is very fast and very portable and discreet (great for street photography). It focuses so fast… Read more ›
So I switched to a Olympus system to upgrade my Canon G12. It provides me with the flexibility of interchanging lenses and MUCH improved photos over the G12. Check out… Read more ›
"With the E-PL3 you can take up to five photos a second, allowing you to easily capture that perfect shot, especially when your subject is moving." This is what the sales… Read more ›
I like ergonomics how it feels in my hands and the smooth machined aluminum body. The flip screen is a nice touch for low angle and high angle shots. I also have the… Read more ›
I've had it for a week now and I am LOVING it! The swivel LCD is awesome. I've taken pictures indoors without flash that look pretty good in my opinion, I've taken pictures… Read more ›
I realize…I find the menus unintuitive and things are well hidden, the camera feels solid and the fold-out screen is nice but it just seems difficult to find my way around. Read more ›
One must do considerable research to become familiar with the options. Also, the LCD screen is excellent in all but bright sunlight. An Electronic Viewfinder (VF-2 or VF-3)… Read more ›
I like the addition of a video button, quickly jumping into video mode at the push of a button, no more…Great view screen although I managed to scratch mine somehow. Read more ›
I have only been using it for about a month now, but so far I really like it. The compact design is great, the pictures come out excellent, and I love the tilting screen. Th… Read more ›
Great camera for quick shots yet turns out a fine…I like the addition of a video button, quickly jumping into video mode at the push of a button, no more searching menus. Read more ›
It took me a long time to decide on a camera i wanted to shoot high quality video and photos. i had my eye on the "P EN E-PL" camera line for about 3yrs and for me,… Read more ›
so basically if your looking for "red epic m" quality in this $300 camera, it aint happening, but this camera does a good job capturing video as long as you have… Read more ›
as long as your not expecting a "point & shoot blue…- overall, i think this camera is perfect for photos and good for intermediate video people on a very low budget. Read more ›
The PEN will come in handy for those times when I don't want to lug the big one around. Plenty of options for shooting plus HD video to boot. Read more ›
Once this camera is in your hands you should be impressed by the seek look and quality feel. This camera delivers wonderful photos and video. The EPL3 is definitely not a toy. Read more ›
Olympus PEN E-PL3 (Black Body) I like this…On travels or outdoor camping I might not want to take a full photography Bag full of lenses and one DSLR Body with a Tripod. I… Read more ›
However, the biggest appeal is the ability to tap into a pretty nice lens and flash system (micro 4/3rds lenses and olympus remote controlled flashes) and still have a… Read more ›
With that said, I've gotten some really nice images and I only have the kit lens so the camera is more than capable of delivering on the image quality and the better, and… Read more ›
I have read the EP1 & EP2 are sluggish in the focus…Panasonic lens 20mm 1.7 and 14mm 2.5 seem to be fully compatible, both lens slipped on and were ready to shoot. Once… Read more ›
So, why don't I…I'm a manual shooter, I love changing lenses, I love the focus speed of this camera and I love the 4 shots/second (in ideal situations) I get out of it. Read more ›
I have a lot of night or low light pictures where flash is not desired but due to the camera sensor not dealing well with ISO 1600 these pictures tend to suffer (i.e. could… Read more ›
It still is better than any point and shoot (maybe the new Sony…If you use the prime lenses then the low light performance is excellent, as the ISO will stay way down. T… Read more ›
2 - Prime Lenses - With the prime lenses this camera really performs well. The one down-side to the sensor on this camera is it does not perform well at high ISO settings. W… Read more ›
I have a lot of night or low light pictures where flash is not…For the most part I am happy with the pictures I get but I still would very much like better ISO performance. Read more ›
The new display is great (I always shoot in widescreen mode, as I view the pics on my TV), the camera is faster, the menus easier to read, and it has a 3D mode which I am… Read more ›
- bulk of the camera feels like its worth something - photos are crystal clear and settings are easy to understand and navigate Read more ›
3 - RAW shooting and full camera setting control - Although most shooting with this camera will be in auto mode, there are times when I want to customize the settings and I… Read more ›
I loved the so much I wanted the newer version and trade up to the Olympus E-pl5. Great camera and I love the menus this camera has set up with. Read more ›
I use the Sandisk Extreme Pro 8GB cards for best results in performance. I like ergonomics how it feels in my hands and the smooth machined aluminum body. The flip screen… Read more ›
The E-PL3 was bought for traveling - the P1 is such a…The E-PL3 is lighter and smaller than the P1 and has a (strong) plastic body but it feels and functions very well. I… Read more ›
The Olympus E-PL3 is a solid little body but, it is constructed from Polycarbonate (High Impact Plastic) so, it isn't as solid as some of the other bodies that it competes… Read more ›
The technology inside with the compact size, not to mention the classic "viewfinder like" make this an ideal camera…Easy to use, many options, great image quality Read more ›
It is lightweight and and easy to carry. The set up cd is easy to use and helpful,also the manual makes ease of use. Read more ›
nearly the same quality as the epl 5 but was far cheaper...all functions worked as advertised and were easy to use Read more ›
The one down-side to the sensor on this camera is it does not…With the prime lenses the ISO is kept down and the pictures are very clear, sharp, well colored, bright, etc. Read more ›
i like the olympus color. it comes with nice14-42mm II lenses, made from good materials. Read more ›
One more thing about this, if I took a picture at night and want the effect of darkness to be noticeable, then by using a flash it kind of lights up the area too much… Read more ›
The technology inside with the compact size, not to mention the classic "viewfinder like" make this an ideal camera for my international cycle touring. Easy to use,… Read more ›
I cheated a bit by using a 8x ND filter and my tripod. After lugging the D300 around for the past 6 years the EPL3 feels like a toy because of its compact size and weight. I… Read more ›
I'm 60-years-old, and have been a camera enthusiast all my life, but strictly amateur, yet at the same time, I recognize quality with this stuff, and in the case of my… Read more ›
Big improvement in terms of auto focus, smoothness of zoom and burst mode…Compact and easy to hold for me; had seen reviews that it was a bit difficult to hold in one hand. Read more ›
Compared to my Canon EOS 5D this is much lighter, smaller, faster and easier to hold for a long time while lurking for hummingbirds. Read more ›
The only downside is that it's minimum ISO is 200 and the bracketing function is somewhat…I would recommend this camera and it is an unbelievable value for the price. Read more ›
Recently upgraded from an E-PL1 (Because I got good prices for both cameras). I must say I miss the looks and feel of the E-PL1, but the E-PL3 IS better! Read more ›

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93 of 95 people found the following review helpful By GoDark on September 22, 2011
Color Name: Black
The axiom that is so true: The best camera for you is the camera that is with you! Grew tired of backaches while hiking with my Nikon DSLR gear, which increasingly never left the house. Bought an Olympus XZ-1 as a camera that could always be with me ... and was so impressed with it that I wanted its "big brother" for better image quality when on walkabouts or hiking. The Olympus P-3 seemed a bit too much; the PM-1 seemed a bit too little; the PL-3 seemed just right (especially with the tilting screen). The form factor and menu navigation features of the XZ-1 and PL-3 are very similar. The XZ-1 is pocketable; the PL-3 is not due to the protruding lenses. Getting some of the best photos of my life with both the XZ-1 and the PL-3 ... because they are with me.

There is another side to this, and that is that people often appear uncomfortable around people taking photos with large DSLRs with large protruding lenses. I feel none of this discomfort using either the XZ-1 or the PL-3 in public places.

Exploring capabilities with the Olympus 14-42mm kit lens and the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 pancake lens (have the new Panasonic "X" lenses and the Olympus 45mm lens on order). The Panasonic 20mm is incredible small, making the PL-3 feel and operate like a small rangefinder camera. The f/1.7 lens allows one to take natural light photos in places impossible with slower lenses. The Olympus 14-42mm kit lens appears to be of high quality, although it does have a plastic lens mount (please manufacturers ... charge us the extra cost and ban plastic lens mounts!).
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Sheridan T on January 6, 2012
Color Name: Black
In 2005, my need was a camera which had no shutter lag to shoot pictures of my speedy daughters. I ended up with the Nikon D300. Beautiful shots which have been enlarged to 16x20. More recently the kids have grown, while the D300 still fills my photo needs, it would be great to have a video record of their violin and piano recitals. The tilt screen, HD video and small size drew me to the EPL3 which looked like it would fill my need perfectly. Unlike the D300, the EPL3 actually fits in my pants pocket. The quality of the video and the ease of copying the files to my computer drive really surprised me. My EPL3 came with the 14-42mmIIR lens, this combination truly blew me away after reviewing the pics I snapped of a Hawaiian sunset after a heavy rainstorm...breathtaking colors. I cheated a bit by using a 8x ND filter and my tripod. After lugging the D300 around for the past 6 years the EPL3 feels like a toy because of its compact size and weight. I have read the EP1 & EP2 are sluggish in the focus department, seems like with the EPL3 this is no longer an issue. Panasonic lens 20mm 1.7 and 14mm 2.5 seem to be fully compatible, both lens slipped on and were ready to shoot. Once this camera is in your hands you should be impressed by the seek look and quality feel. This camera delivers wonderful photos and video. The EPL3 is definitely not a toy.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By matt1234 on August 1, 2012
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Updated February 19, 2013:

2 things to mention.

1 - I recently got the Olympus FL-600R flash, which while bulky with this camera will allow you much better control over light. Also the FL-600R flash recharges very quick so you can quickly take multiple pictures using the flash as opposed to the kit flash which is slow. Definitely a recommended add on that will allow you much more flexibility in using the camera. I definitely find myself getting better pictures much quicker (especially indoors) with the FL-600R as compared to the kit flash (or just due to the kit flash being too slow using no flash).

2 - I still wish this camera would perform better at high ISO settings, like at 1600 (even 800+). I have a lot of night or low light pictures where flash is not desired but due to the camera sensor not dealing well with ISO 1600 these pictures tend to suffer (i.e. could not use adequate shutter speeds at ISO 1600 without underexposing too much). For the most part I am happy with the pictures I get but I still would very much like better ISO performance. I knew this when I bought this camera, but at least now there is the E-PL5 and OM-D which should both have more than adequate ability to deal with high ISO settings. Meanwhile I am holding off on upgrading, especially now that the new flash has helped improve things, but if buying now and deciding between the E-PL3 and the E-PL5 I would choose the 5 as the extra ISO capability will make the camera a more versatile performer with the kit lens and in low light.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By K. De Nil on February 22, 2013
Color Name: Black
I have literally wanted to buy a camera for ages now - the last camera I owned was a film camera - but each time I looked into digital cameras, something put me off actually making that step and spending my money. This time, with a baby on the way, a decision had to be made.

So last October, I started reading the usual sites (dpreview etc. which TBH weren't that useful since my knowledge of camera's is too limited), asked friends and people who were more knowledgeable about cameras and I read a whole bunch of reviews on amazon.com.

Most of the time I was advised to get some kind of Point-and-shoot camera, because:

a. it would fit in my pocket
b. I didn't know what I was doing anyway

I would then research whichever camera I was recommended and end up unconvinced because most reviews stated that a P&S camera's are generally only marginally better a good camera phone. (I am aware there are exceptions to this statement). In addtion, since I am a woman, most of my clothes do not _have_ pockets and the thought of being doomed to 'auto' for the rest of my life was ... depressing.

One friend told me to get a one-generation old micro 4/3 camera.

So I researched those... They looked promising but one review, or rather the comments on said review, here on amazon on the olympus PEN e-PL1 put me off. The comments were generally along the lines of: "you shouldn't have bought this camera since you are too stupid to use it". EEK!! Surely, I'd fit into that category as well. Part of me couldn't help but feel that this sort camera was just too good/advanced for me.

In the end... 4 months later, after going around in circles endlessly, I read an article on the best way to make pictures of babies which in summary said:

1.
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